BALTIMORE (WJZ-FM) — Maryland men’s basketball coach Mark Turgeon has been named the Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year by the media.

Maryland finished the season ranked #8 nationally with a 26-5 record.

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“I’m incredibly proud of what our team has accomplished. This is award is a testament to our coaching staff, players and administration who did a tremendous job preparing for our first season in the Big Ten,” Turgeon said. “I am very excited for Dez, Melo and Jake. The hard work they put in starting this summer paid off and I am very happy for this well-deserved recognition.”

Senior Dez Wells, freshman Melo Trimble and junior Jake Layman also earned various All-Big Ten honors as the Terps finished with a school-record 26 wins in their inaugural season in the league.

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Wells was tagged First Team All-Big Ten (coaches) and second team (media) while Trimble landed on the first team (media) and second team (coaches). Layman earned third team honors (media) and was also named honorable by mention by the coaches. Trimble was also named to the All-Freshman Team.

Dez Wells spoke about the honor: “It is very humbling. This makes me want to work harder to do everything I can for my team to be successful,” Wells said. “There is still more we want to accomplish.”


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Maryland  will open play at the Big Ten Tournament on Friday, March 13 against the winner of Indiana-Northwestern on 6:30 p.m. EST.